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07/07/08 10:01 PM ET
Helton to receive pain treatment
First baseman will be given epidural to treat back, leg pain
By Dave Fultz / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will get pain treatment for his ailing back on Tuesday. Helton, who is on the 15-day disabled list, will receive an epidural in hopes that it may help the recent pain he's been feeling in his back and one of his legs. On Monday, the Denver Post reported that Helton was feeling leg numbness related to his back injury, but he denied this in a story by the Rocky Mountain News. "I have had a pain in the leg and my back locked up, so we felt it was time to address the issues," Helton told the News on Monday. "I have never had any numbness. I don't know there that came from." Before this injury, Helton had only missed four of the team's first 85 games, but wasn't quite the same player he's been his entire career with the Rockies. Helton has batted .328 with a .428 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage over his career. In 2008, he has hit only .266, and his power numbers have taken a bigger hit, with his slugging percentage falling to .391. Manager Clint Hurdle opted to move his first baseman to the DL rather than letting him try to play through the pain. "We just feel we're best served by shutting [him] down for awhile and also giving him a chance to heal, rather than trying to push his way through," Hurdle said Friday. "I don't think he's capable of pushing through this one."
Dave Fultz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.